RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 served so much drama this week that we’re not quite sure where to begin.
Even the opening minutes had us gawping at the drama, and the not-so-subtle nip/tucks, as the queens lost one star, gained another, and were thrown back into the action seven months on from Ginny’s epic walkout.
We have to admit that we’re gutted for Veronica Green, who tested positive for Covid-19 and had to drop out, but we’re thrilled to have some more Joe Black, whose scandalous episode one elimination caused outcry among fans.
But there was no time to dwell on the past, with annual singing challenge RuRuvision bringing us back into the competition, and reuniting us with MNEK (who remains absolutely fabulous and one of our favourite returning guest stars.)
By the end of the episode, Ru had screamed at the girls, another queen had been sent home, and shockwaves were well and truly sent through the remaining contestants as they realised they all needed to up their game.
So who did we vote for in the Eurovision parody, and who scored nil points?
Here’s our rankings of this week’s performances – from top to bottom…
A’Whora is continuing a strong streak this week, kicking off with the far superior United King Dolls name for her band and following it through with a strong performance in the actual track.
Her confessionals have also got funnier, and her relationships, particularly with Tayce, allowing her to come out of her shell and drop this snippy persona.
Granted, we still had a moment from her regarding her chip shop outfit with Sister Sister – but then again a fashion queen is always going to be protective over her looks, and if she feels like someone’s stealing from her she’s going to say something.
We don’t blame her for that really. But at the same time, her look won! So she shouldn’t have been too bent out of shape about it.
Tayce has really emerged as the one we love most in all elements of Drag Race – giving us killer runways without fail, hilarious confessionals, and even a little romantic drama in the work room.
She also hasn’t ever been too vicious, with her reads on the other queens seemingly always tongue-in-cheek and never to be taken too personally.
In this challenge, Tayce drew our eye more than the others, especially given she had a stand-out will.i.am moment in the track, giving her extra face time with the judges.
Basically, we love Tayce, and she’s in it to win it and we’re interested to see if she can keep this up.
Sister Sister returned to the Race with a new face and a new attitude this week and we were loving it.
After picking herself up from the bottom two, she came back raring to go, and her self-aware sense of humour, performance skills and confessionals made her stand out from the pack.
We are definitely interested about this ‘chip shop outfit’-gate though, and what she would’ve been like if she stuck to her original idea of Pamela Anderson.
Regardless, after somewhat disappearing from us before the lockdown break and coming up short, she seems to have had a fire lit under her, and we’re glad she’s making it count.
Bimini Bon Boulash
Bimini threw everything she had at the challenge this week and it paid off – she’s in it to win it at this point, and we’re glad she got her RuPeter badge.
While she may not have had the strongest vocals in the challenge, she was one of the most entertaining, and that mega jump split at the end was just *chef’s kiss*.
Bimini is a lesson in working with what you have – and some of the other queens would do well to have that kind of positive attitude.
Her runway was beautiful too, and, she said it herself, it was editorial. Even more so than our runway queen Tayce (soz, Tayce!)
She fully has our attention and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
We’ve said it for several weeks now but seriously, we need Ellie to have a breakthrough moment next episode or something, because once again the others hogged the airtime and we barely saw her.
That was, however, until the runway, with that incredible seagull in a bikini, no pun intended, knocking everyone else out of the water. We thought it was hilarious, and didn’t fully agree with the judges that it was ‘too costumey’ when it’s literally one of the campest things we’ve ever seen.
In the challenge, she did just fine and we’re curious to see what she’d have come up with if she wasn’t restricted by the abilities of her teammates, but nonetheless in the final product, it was just too simple to have a majorly notable moment.
We could still do with more from her in the work room and confessionals, but we can’t deny she brings it to the runway and we’re waiting for that big ‘thing’ to make her truly fly.
Lawrence is a performer so this running storyline of her panicking over performing seems like a weird choice to us. We’re also a little bored of it.
Stage fright is a real thing and stepping out of your comfort zone is something that should be acknowledged and applauded, but she’s a comedy queen and this is a Eurovision challenge… the phrase ‘camp it up’ has never seemed more appropriate.
Thankfully, she pulled it out of the bag, and with her lifesaver-inspired outfit being cute, if not gagworthy, she landed in safe territory with us.
But Snatch Game is next week, and as the proud comedy queen, we’re totally ready to see what she’s got ready.
Tia has always been a favourite in the confessionals and has proven to be entertaining even in her weakest weeks – but something felt a bit off for us with her in this episode.
Her commentary suddenly seemed a bit more pointed rather than fun, and while she laid down her track pretty spot on pretty quickly, she still didn’t quite get the vibe of this being a fun Eurovision track.
In the end, her runway was the biggest let down, as after seven months and a running joke of her being called basic, you’d have thought she’d have come out with something a bit less, well, basic.
Her ice cream cone read more cupcake, and even then it was only just. Though we thought her make up was really pretty.
Maybe she just needs to get back into the swing of things.
We were so happy to get Joe Black back on our screens – but unfortunately the challenge did not match her talents, and even if she’d stuck around she would have likely not lasted past this week.
By her own admission, she was probably the weakest on this week’s challenge, and the other girls in Bananadrama towered over her (literally – the visual gag was, granted, pretty hilare.)
On saying that, RuPaul’s mega rant was something else, and seeing as we’ve had an Asos jacket literally win a challenge back in week one, it seemed odd that she went so in on an H&M dress.
Joe should’ve known better than to go with a dress she knew was under par for the challenge, but come on Ru… little harsh much?
Her windswept seaside look was pretty funny and at least came with a clever concept, but unfortunately it just didn’t do enough or scream beach enough to save her. It’s tradition for a returning queen to leave after just a week, with few exceptions, so it at least she’s carrying on a trend!
She may not have been the judges cuppa tea, but Joe will always be an icon to us.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs Thursdays at 7pm on BBC iPlayer (UK) and World of Wonder (Rest of World).
Credit: Original article published here.